Project Plan

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:34 pm
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I'm right now watching a TD talk about learning. He says that it really just takes about 20 hours to get decent at something.  

Which got me to thinking about making rings.  I've made two rings. I'm sure I've spent more than 20 hours doing this.  I'm not "decent" at it yet.  The guy says that you should break your thing down into sub-skills, and I think that may be key to this.  There are so many skills involved in silversmithing that I probably have to spend 20 hours on each one.  So I have a project plan in mind.

First things 1st, I need to cast my garbage into raw materials.  Whether I use this raw material I cast is another matter, because casting and taking raw ingots and making wire are more skills.
Since I want to recycle the 2 rings I've already made, and try both again. I'm going to need to take detailed pictures of them, for comparison's sake.

Cut for photos )

Step two will be to select rings that will let me practice soldering, and then setting.  

Wish me luck.

Murder Murder & Manslaughter

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:24 am
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It's hard getting into new music when you're old.

There's various reasons, cultural and perhaps biological, that make it harder to passionately love bands that you hear in your 30s and 40s as much as bands that you encountered in your teens and 20s. I do try to listen to new bands—and support them financially—as much as I can, but I often find that even when I fall in love with a new-to-me band, half the time it turns out they they've been around for 30 years and I'd just never heard of them. I just don't bond with new artists as much as I'd like to.

So when there is a band that's new and hits all of my musical buttons, I get evangelical. I'm gonna do that for a bit. About a year and a half ago, I clicked on a semi-random link (someone complaining about a thing) and accidentally heard a single from a Sudbury band called Murder Murder who described themselves as "bloodgrass" and played nothing but murder ballads.

How do I describe this band beyond that they're a phenomenally talented bluegrass band with a morbid streak as deep as a 19th gold vein on your rival's stake? If your favourite Nick Cave & the Bad Seed albums are Murder Ballads and Kicking Against the Pricks, you think Deadwood was criminally underrated, and you find goth-hipster-cowboy a compelling aesthetic, you will dig them.

One of the things about them is that after hearing all their stuff, I knew that they would be fantastic live. Of course, the main problem is that, in the short time I've been obsessed with them, they have played everywhere but Toronto. They have in the past, but they mainly seem to do folk festivals in towns I've never heard of. I mean, they're big in Sudbury, but that is a bit far to go for a gig.

They finally announced a Toronto show, the launch party for their third album. By the way, their publicity is terrible. It took some actual digging for me to find out things like "when" and "where" and "is this a thing that is happening for sure?" It appeared to only be advertised on FB, with no advance tickets, and some initial uncertainty as to where the venue was. But! Found all that out, dragged my mother, who does not like country music at all but enjoyed this almost as much as I did, and at last got to see them live.

I was nearly as excited for the opening act, based on the description alone. Manslaughter are an all-female collective outlaw band. I would love to link you to their stuff, but this was only their second gig. You can add them on Facebook, though, which has links to all the members' other projects.


They did not disappoint. They're a bit like Neko Case except that there are 4-6 of them (depending on the song/show) and I am in love. Their best song is called "Murder Murder" and is completely adorable and I just hope they release an album soon so that I can play it for you all.

Murder Murder, as predicted, were phenomenal. Intense, rowdy, punk as fuck, and just a joy to listen to. Their new album, which I am currently listening to, is as excellent as their last two. Beyond the novelty concept (which, don't get me wrong, I adore), they are just really, really musically talented. You should check them out so that I do not obsess alone.

murder murder
Crappy cell pictures are a Sabs concert tradition.

Anyway here's their latest single: And have two more for the road, just because they're two of my favourites and they played both last night.

ETA: Why is formatting in DW such bullshit? Can I not just embed videos and move on with my life?

Question thread #56

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:45 pm
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.

Volunteer social thread #71

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:40 pm
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I moved earlier this week.

What have you been up to?

Adventures in Carlington!

Sep. 14th, 2017 07:56 pm
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... There's a man napping in my driveway.

I went out to unload the car about ...45 minutes ago.  And there's a man napping in my driveway.  He's propped up in a seated position against a shed at the edge of the property.  He's moving, so I know he's alive, but he must be very intoxicated.  

I did not approach him, I called for someone to do that for me.  There were several possible outcomes, either he would be provoked, or he would need medical attention.  I wouldn't feel comfortable if he wandered off if he needed help, and I cannot give him the help he would need, so I'm letting trained professionals do that.  I fear they might let him wander off, but hopefully he'll get home.

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Sep. 7th, 2017 09:57 pm
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So, I'm three days in to my new job. It's starting off slow; my first day, almost all I did was read the Policies and Procedures manual. Today I ground through stultifying online trainings like Professional Conduct over Telephone and E-Mail and Maintaining a Respectful Workplace that exist largely so people who behave poorly can't say someone didn't explain common sense to them.

But meanwhile, I've sat in on my supervisor doing a family intake interview, and sat in on case conference, and reviewed the assessment tool they're developing for me to use and made a major revision suggestion which my supervisor said was a very good idea, and the small happy twang of my job my job my job is going off inside my chest. These early days of preparation, of grounding at home office and orientation to the work atmosphere, are important before I dive into clinical work where I will mostly be at my worksites solo, one therapist with a locking wheely-cart against a giant mountain of need. On the other hand, I'm happily anticipating the dive.

TW Money and budgeting

Meanwhile: I was looking for something crunchy and miserable to read at the local library now that The Origins of Totalitarianism is finished (I KNOW, don't look at me like that) and instead, I found All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi. Oh, wow. I've been nervously chewing over the idea that I "ought" to have a more structured plan with my money now that I'm going to have some; for the last ten years my plan has been "panic a lot and try not to spend anything, inevitably fail". (It's been nice that my mother had tight money last year; she used to say, "Lis, why don't you go to counselling and get physiotherapy and buy new shoes???" and not understand when I'd explode with stress. Now she says, "Wow, you've been living like a churchmouse for a decade!") Most budget systems give me panic attacks, especially things designed by and for accountants; what works to best for me has felt like a shamefully bastardized system of spreadsheets and looking at my bank balance through my fingers. And now... I wish I'd read this book a long time ago.

The book says right up front, "Most financial advice books are about helping rich people become more rich. This is about helping people who feel panicked and out of control with their money, like they never have enough, to gain stability, peace of mind, and the ability to weather life's ups and downs."

And honestly, if there's anyone I trust not to bullshit me about financial stuff, it's the authors of The Two Income Trap, who fucking KNOW how batshit today's economy is. (My dad and older brother love capitalist self-help books and seminars; dipping into them has always been stress-provoking and unhelpful.)

Their system is really simple, really intuitive, and makes me feel calmer and happier and more in control before I've implemented a single bit of it; I can see how I've been smart about money all along, but am reaching now for some tools to be truly wise with it. I can imagine a long-term strategy. And I'm not trying to wrap my brain around a bunch of terms and concepts that feel like Greek to me. It feels good.

(I'm not sure how it would work with seriously limited incomes, like disability pensions or unemployment stipends; all their examples so far are people with full-time jobs and regular paycheques. I suppose you could take their basic sorting system and adjust the ratios, though.)

First paycheque comes down the pipe in... twenty-six hours. I'm looking forward to it.

YVR -> YOW & climbing log

Sep. 7th, 2017 01:37 pm
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I am headed home once again -- back to work tomorrow for a one-day work week, then off to Toronto for the weekend. I figured I didn't need to plan on climbing this weekend.

I'm at the airport early -- my flight isn't until 5:50pm -- but with the smoke in the air, there wasn't much point in stopping along the way for sight-seeing. The seeing just wasn't very good.

My climbing log for the week, almost all with Jenna:

Day 1, Wed Aug 30th, arrival day. Find AirBnB, check-in, then a late afternoon of climbing, also with Matt.

Murrin Park - Sugar Loaf. All trad leads:
Magnet - 5.4
Little Spark - 5.4 (was aiming for a 5.6, but chose the wrong line)
The Mechanic - 5.7
Lieback Crack - 5.7
Holiday in Cambodia - 5.8

Day 2.

Cheakamus Canyon, sport lead.
Star Chek - 5.8 (guide says 5.9, but it isn't. Did in 4 pitches instead of 3 with Jenna & Matt)

Smoke Bluffs - mostly trad lead
Easter Island - 5.8
Runestone Pinnacle Right - 5.8
Runestone Pinnacle Left - 5.8 TR
Grani - 5.8
Sigurd - 5.3 follow

Day 3

The Chief - Apron, all trad lead
Rambles - 5.8 (4 pitches, done as 2)
Diedre - 5.8 (6 pitches, lots of line-up)

Day 4

Shannon Falls, AMO Wall, sport lead
The Relish Route - 5.8 (3 pitches, followed P2 )
Ghille Suite - 5.9
The Beaten Zone - 5.9
Petra - 5.9 (couple lead falls)
Into the Mystic P1 - 5.6
Stranger than Friction P1 - 5.8

Murrin Park, The CommonWealth - trad mostly lead (with Jason)
Partners in Grime - 5.8
Tastes Like Chicken - 5.9
Otto Mattock - 5.6
The Total Stinkeye - 5.8 (follow)
Ancient Squamish Secret - 5.9
Hungry, Hungry Hippoes - 5.10a (follow)

Day 5

Cheakamus Canyon, Conroy's Castle - almost all sport lead
Emil and the Detectives - 5.8 (two pitches, followed pitch 2)
Charlotte's Web - 5.9 (two pitches)
A Child's Christmas in Wales - 5.4 (online guide says 5.6 - no way, followed)
Kingfishers Catch Fire - 5.8

Day 6

Murrin Park, various crags, mostly trad lead
Beginner's Luck - 5.6
Jugs Not Drugs - 5.8 (sport)
Up From the Bog - 5.8
Focus - 5.7
Stihl Cleaning - 5.8
Smells Like Fir - 5.8
Otto Mattock - 5.6 (follow)
Top Ramen - 5.7
50 Lashes With a Wet Noodle - 5.8+
All You Can Eat Pasta Buffet - 5.6

Day 7

Shannon Falls Wall - mostly trad lead
Klahani Crack - 5.7
Split Decision - 5.10a (TR)
Skywalker - 5.8 (5 pitches) - then hiked up to the pools on Shannon Falls

Day 8 (with Jason)

Cheakamus Canyon - Whiskeyjack Wall - all sport
Attitude is Everything - 5.8
Danielle's Throne - 5.10a
Plumber's Crack - 5.10c (TR, one fall)
Brock 'n' Roll - 5.10b (lead, one fall)
Angel on My Shoulder - 5.10b (lead, one fall)

All-in-all, 8 days in a row of climbing, and I'm still feeling pretty good.


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